For whatever reason I get to travel a lot. Hotel living and Koru Lounges have long lost their glamour (if they ever had any to begin with). What I do know is that the Bay of Islands Airport on touch down is something to be looked forward to.
For most of my travelling someone else picks up the tab. My hotel room is charged back to whoever although I pick up the tab for other hotel expenses.
As it happens I avoid hotel meals and mini bar drinks like the plague so when I come to check-out it's very seldom that I have something to pay.
On check-in you are inevitably asked to present your credit-card which is then swiped. When they do that it attracts a debit of $1 which is deducted from your account when you come to pay it. But when you have nothing to pay ... the debit stands. 'They' do not automatically reverse it unless you ask ... bloody cheeky and, for the Hotel, it's money for old rope.
A dollar is neither here not there. It's the principal/principle that matters.